Arts & Entertainment
Cedar Point Cancels Wedding Contest Rather Than Include Gay Couples
By Crystal A. Proxmire
Originally printed 8/22/2013 (Issue 2134 - Between The Lines News)
Sandusky, OH - Cedar Point, a theme park well-known to LGBT Michiganders who flock to their unofficial Gay Day each June, has decided to cancel a wedding day contest rather than open it up to same-sex couples.
The contest was for 13 couples to be married in a horror-show-themed ceremony on Friday the 13th of September, the kickoff for HalloWeekends. The rules of the contest were clear however, due to marriage laws in Ohio, weddings are limited to male-female couples only.
Since receiving feedback from LGBT couples, the theme park has decided to end the promotion. A brief statement on their website https://www.cedarpoint.com/blog-article/online-fun/Friday-the-13th says "It's time to have a moment. "Real talk," as people are calling it.
"We've evaluated the 13 weddings promotion we recently announced and based on your feedback, we've decided that this isn't the right time for the event.
"However, on Friday the 13th, we do have a new haunted house for you to explore - and in the coming days, you'll get a seriously sinister sneak peek. Stay tuned."
Their "real talk," mentioned nothing about the reasons the contest was canceled, although in a statement to the Sandusky Register hhttp://www.sanduskyregister.com/article/cedar-point/4448216, Cedar Point spokesperson Bryan Edawards said "When the promotion logistics started to take on political undertones, as indicated by several guests who gave us feedback, it was decided that now is not the best time for this event. Cedar Point does not take any official stance on political issues."
The report indicated that not only were there to be new heterosexual marriages, but heterosexual couples who wanted to renew their vows could also have taken part in the ceremony.
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